Mama cradled Layla in her arms. As Layla stirred from her long nap, Mama said, “We have got to protect this child from the world now. Her work has already begun and if the world finds out who she is, the people will come from all over just to see her. She’s just a baby. She’s not ready for any of that. We got to keep this a secret!”
I looked at Maggie and we both nodded in agreement.
Mama stood up from her chair and walked around the table. As she approached Maggie, she said, “Please keep this child safe. This world needs her!”
Handing Layla to Maggie, Mama said, “Y’all go home and be thinkin’ about what has happened here today, and I want you to consider that our little angel will need to be surrounded by her family. That’s you and Jim and me and all my family ‘cause we are her caretakers and she is gonna need everythin’ we have to make sure that no one tries to hurt her.”
“Why do you say that, Mama?” Maggie asked.